Ground Force stars to appear at Norfolk Summer Garden Show

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Photo: Steve Adams

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Photo: Steve Adams

Around 35,000 people are expected to pack out the Norfolk Showground this weekend for the return of annual dog and garden shows.

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Photo: Steve A

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Photo: Steve Adams

There will even be two celebrity gardening stars at the showground on Monday, as former Ground Force presenters Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh are reunited for the bank holiday.

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Berkeley Owls

All About Dogs and The Garden Show at the Royal Norfolk Showground Costessey in 2012. Berkeley Owls display.Photo: Steve Adams

The showground will be open between 9.30am and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Norfolk Summer Garden Show, as well as Sunday and Monday for the Norfolk All About Dogs Show.

The garden show will feature hundreds of stands selling garden goods such as plants, flowers, furniture, allotment tools and outdoor buildings.

There will also be a series of gardening demonstrations, including Ground Force stars Dimmock and Walsh leading fun talks and demonstrations in the event's 'how to' theatre.


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The pair used to star alongside Alan Titchmarsh on the popular BBC television show. DIY handyman Walsh will demonstrate how to construct garden structures such as obelisks and plant troughs, whereas green-fingered Dimmock will carry out some potting demos and answer plant and flower questions.

With the dog displays and family fun of the dog show running alongside the garden show, organiser Matt Upson is hopeful of a busy weekend.

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'To have both Charlie and Tommie is definitely a real coup,' said Mr Upson. 'Charlie was here about 10 years ago and it was unbelievable how popular she was, it was like having a film star at the showground.

'So the two of them will be back together, doing some demonstrations, answering questions and giving advice on landscaping, water features, things like that.'

The Ground Force duo are due to be at the show between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

People attending the garden show also get free entry to the dog show. Tickets on the gate are £6.50 for adults, £5.50 for concessions, £2 for children under-16 and free for under-fives. Cheaper tickets are also available if pre-booked at www.aztecevents.co.uk

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